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Venice (Italy)

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. A part of the city is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. (ref. wikipedia).

Getting to Venice

By train  The main train station is Venezia Santa Lucia, facing the Grand Canal. Before arriving at the station of Venezia Santa Lucia, trains stop at the station of Venezia-Mestre (Mestre is a mainland suburb of Venice). High speed trains connect Venice (both stations) with Florence, Bologna, Rome, and Milan. For example, you can get to Florence in only 2 hours.

By plane  Most flights to Venice land at Venice's Marco Polo Airport. To get downtown, consider that all the land services stop in the Piazzale Roma, from which where you have to switch to a vaporetto (waterbus) to get deeper into Venice. If you choose a public land transportation, from Marco Polo Airport you can use the ATVO Venice Airport Shuttle service (20 min. to get to Piazzale Roma). An alternative land transport service is provided by ACTV with its Line 5-Aerobus.
To get straight to San Marco (the center of Venice), you can also take a direct water service, the Alilaguna ferry.

Several low-cost airlines like Ryanair say they're flying you to "Venice", when they really land in the Treviso airport, about an hour's bus ride from Venice. See ATVO Treviso Airport Bus Express service (70 min. to get to Piazzale Roma).

The Conference location

The joint conference will take place at the Congress Center of the San Servolo Island, which is 10 minute waterbus ride away from Piazza San Marco.


To get to San Servolo, take the waterbus route no. 20 from the stop of San Zaccaria (M.V.E.) "B". You can download the timetable of the waterbus line no. 20 from this link.

This is a beautiful aerial view of the island of San Servolo, with the indication of the conference halls and facilities.